[ -top- ] [ -prev- ] [ -next- ] [ -bottom- ]
by Dr. John Thomas
It was compulsion, and not inclination.
A similar cause will operate on them again.
When the king of the north "overflows and passes over" their countries, they will become subject to him as their emperor; and when his autocracy shall attain the extent marked out for it in the Word, his dominion will be fitly represented by Nebuchadnezzar's Image, of which they will be the toes.
They must exist as regal parts of a great dominion until Christ comes: because they are to war with him in person; and because God will set up His kingdom in their time; and, having broken to pieces the power of their imperial ruler on the mountains of Israel, by that same kingdom He will "break in pieces and consume all their's".
The overthrow of the Sultan will not be contemplated by the British Government with indifference.
They have already beheld continental Europe to the confines of Russia subject to the will of one man, and they are destined to witness it again.
They will unquestionably adopt all possible measures Rev.xvii.
to circumvent the Autocrat.
England's Indian Empire, and its contiguity to Asiatic Russia, make her his natural enemy.
It will be her policy to prevent him from taking possession of Egypt and the Holy Land; for if he were to do this, he would intercept all communication between England and India by the Red Sea.
Hence, while she is the natural enemy of the Autocrat, she is also the natural friend of Egypt and the Jews.
The triumph of Russia in the west will cause her to strengthen herself in the east; and, as I shall show, she will take possession of Sheba, Dedan, Edom, Moab, and part of Ammon; colonize Judea with Israelites, and form an intimate alliance of offence and defence with Egypt.
Thus the Red Sea will become a British lake; and by holding Gibraltar, Aden, and some commanding position at the entrance of the Persian Gulf, she will be enabled to retain for a short time longer her commercial and maritime ascendancy.
But these measures of the British will be the means of luring on the Autocrat to his destruction.
Having fulfilled the mission of his "sacred Russia" to put down rebellion, to plant the Greek cross on the dome of St.
Sophia, and to prostrate Europe at his feet, he will next address himself to the work of establishing his dominion over the east.
The prosperity of Egypt and Judea will tempt him to seize them for himself; for, as the prophet saith, "He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many shall be overthrown; but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon".
He will have proclaimed war against the east; and at the head of his vassal kings and their armies have invaded Syria.
The war will be bloody, and his hosts like a cloud to cover the land.